Like any really big explosion, there are still lots of big chunks up in the air. Every so often another big chunk crashes back to earth somewhere. The trick is to be not standing where it lands.
In talking to Donal yesterday, he pointed out that my rant on copyright had one serious flaw. Copyright is irrelevant. When we all have the means of production, the limit on ownership becomes moot. When we all have the means of collating information from source data, education becomes something we each do for ourselves. When we all have the means of by-passing authority, governments become irrelevant.
Governments don’t like to be irrelevant. It takes all the fun away. This is a dangerous time because governments tried to lock down the means of production. When they couldn’t do that, they tried to lock down the means of distribution. They couldn’t do that, and now they’re trying to lock down thought through religious fundamentalism. They’ll lock my brain when they pry it from my cold, dead body, but a dinosaur in his death throes can still crush you if you stand too close.
What’s left now is how to make a living in the aftermath.